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CC Softball triumphs over Montreat

Melvonia Taylor, Staff Writer

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“My least favorite part of my last season is probably the heartbreak of not being able to continue the game I love. I will always have it in my life, but it’s hard when your first love is taken from you,” Bre Shearin, senior behavior science major and first-baseman, said.

The Columbia College softball team dominated the home game against the Montreat College Cavaliers on April 5.

The score remained 0-0 until the bottom of the third, when the Koalas scored 3 runs. In the bottom of the fourth, CC scored another run, making the score 4-0. The game ended in the bottom of the fifth, after the Koalas gained 4 runs and made the final score 8-0.

Madison Ryan led the team with two runs, and Michenou Marselia, Kelsey Fulton, Lynnsey Hanks, Maggie Leatherman, Taylor Rawl and Anna Davis scored one run each.

“Our team has progressed in so many positive ways. I think that this particular year, we have really improved our heart and fight,” Bre Shearin, senior behavioral science major and first-baseman, said.

Due to strikeouts and the Koala’s defense, the Cavaliers had trouble getting hits, which resulted in their inability to gain any runs. Erin Blizzard pitched a shutout game with a 66.1 strike percentage.

“We played like a team today, and we had fun,” Michenou Marselia, junior business administration major and center-fielder, said.

Before the game, Columbia College had won 35.7 percent of their conference games, and Montreat College had won 33.7 percent of their conference games. The Koalas have now won 43.7 percent of their conference games.

“The AAC conference is extremely difficult, and anyone can win on any given day. Our team does a great job of picking each other up and never quitting,” Shearin said.

The Appalachian Athletic Conference has 12 full members in six southeastern states, according to the AAC website, and Columbia College is one of those members.

The Koalas are coached by James Morrison, head softball coach; Tatjana Matthews, associate head softball coach; and Taylor Johnson, assistant coach.

The Columbia College softball team will go on to play South Carolina Beaufort at home on April 8.

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